DIY no-glue Mummy Costume

October 15th, 2014

theprojectgirl-mummy-textThis month for the Michael’s Makers challenge, we were asked to create a halloween costume out of materials found at Michaels.
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I already knew I wanted Leo to be a mummy this year (more cute pics at the end of the post!), so I just went and found all the supplies I needed at Michaels.

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For this mummy costume you’ll need:

White or cream fabric (you can tea stain it to get an antique look)

Freaky Fabric (cream)

Sewing Machine

Pins (tons!)

Jumpsuit Pattern

So why no glue? I really love glue for so many things, but halloween costumes is not one of them. I like my costumes to be sewn and sturdy. Easy to remove and put back on. I don’t want anything falling off or falling apart.

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LED Pumpkins – Trick your Pumpkin Halloween Sweepstakes

October 11th, 2014

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Are you ready to Trick Your Pumpkin??! Michaels.com is hosting a pumpkin decorating sweepstakes – to enter instagram a picture of your tricked-out pumpkin and hashtag #trickyourpumpkin #sweepstakes and tag @MichaselsStores. Visit their website for more information.  Now check out my tricked out pumpkins!trick-pumpkins-theprojectgirl

LED pumpkins Supplies: 

Craft Pumpkins from Michaels

LED Lights (I got mine in the Christmas Section of Michaels)

Template ( just print out whatever letters you want to spell, however big you want them to be)

Tape

Artificial Pumpkin Carving Knives

Awl (or drill with small drill bit)

My pumpkins were about 6″ tall, so I printed letters that were 3.75″ tall. I tore them out of the paper fairly close to the edge of the letters. I positioned them onto pumpkin where I wanted them to be. 
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Then I taped around the letter to keep it in place. I had to fold a few areas of the letter to make it fit with the pumpkin shape.
trick-pumpkins-paper1-theprojectgirlThen I used a piece of chalk to map out where the lights would be. The lights I bought had 20 bulbs per strand. So I aimed for 2o holes. If you are using bigger pumpkins, you can get a strand with more bulbs, or use multiple strands.
trick-pumpkins-paper-theprojectgirlOnce I  had the template ready to go, I cut out a large circle from the bottom of the pumpkin. You’ll need it large enough to maneuver your hand around to insert the lights.
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Then I punched holes through each of the dots and removed the template. I recommend an Awl for this, or if you have a drill with a 3/32″ or 1/8″ bit, definitely use that! I used the little artificial pumpkin carvers, but ended up with some rough holes.

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Once your holes are all punched through, just gently insert the lights by pushing them through the inside of the pumpkin. I didn’t tape them or anything, they are just held in place because of the tension of a slightly smaller hole. led-pumpkins-inside-theprojectgirl

And here’s what they look like all inserted. I think using a drill would make for the most clean looking finished product.

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All turned on they look amazing!

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Remember to enter the Michaels.com Trick Your Pumpkin Sweepstakes by October 31st, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels Gift Card and Plaid products each Friday in October!

DIY fall decor – Hydrangea topiary and Fall Glitter Letters

September 15th, 2014

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For the Michaels Makers challenge this month, we were asked to create fall decor using the gorgeous Fall Market products.

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 I created 3 DIY projects to complete my buffet-scape and embellished them with additional Fall Market items such as pumpkins and burlap ribbon. The decoupage pumpkins I created a few years ago.

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For my first project, I created this topiary using some fall burlap hydrangea flower stems and an existing topiary on clearance. See my full hydrangea topiary tutorial post for details.

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